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VoiceAbility is an independent charity and one of the UK's largest providers of advocacy and involvement services. We help advocate for people to be able to make decisions about their health care and wellbeing.
About the role:
The focus of the role will be supporting those with complex needs who self disclose as having a disability to use our toolkit and help them understand their rights and access their benefits.
Tasks and responsibilities will be:
- helping clients understand what advocacy is.
- supporting clients with issues they cannot resolve on their own.
- keep detailed notes and records of interactions with clients and visits.
- doing research and making contact with other services, such as healthcare professionals.
- referring clients to our paid advocacy service if necessary.
- building professional relationships.
- promoting our organisation and services through drop in sessions and community groups.
You will receive induction training and training specific to your role. You will also receive support from your allocated paid advocate and 1:1 support from VoiceAbility staff with the opportunity for regular feedback.
Remote working is the preferred delivery option for clients, so you will be working from home. Travel may be required for promoting our services.
Sessions only take place between 9am -5pm weekdays, and you are expected to spend 2-3 hours each week volunteering, for a minimum of 6 months.
You will need to provide 2 references and complete a PVG check. This will be free and we will help will help with the cost of this. Equipment to complete your role will be supplied. Reinburshment of reasonable expenses and travel costs are covered in line with VoiceAbility policies.
This is a very rewarding role where benefits will include:
- the opportunity to learn new skills
- make a positive impact to people with care and support needs.
- meet new people and gain experience in your role.
- additional learning & training opportunities.
Are you interested in gardening? Do you find joy in cooking? Are you someone who thrives on meeting new people and building connections? If any of these resonate with you, then you might be the ideal candidate we're searching for! Take a look at our range of volunteer positions to discover the perfect match for you!
EVENT MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERS
Are you interested in helping to run seasonal events in our gardens like Seed Shares, Herbal Workshops and Harvest Gatherings? From putting up posters to being there to be a helping hand on the day, there is always plenty to do.
Are you ready to take on a more challenging and responsible volunteer role? It you're seeking greater responsibility and a chance to make a difference, then we have the perfect opportunity for you. We are currently looking for lead volunteers who can supervise gardening sessions outside our regular schedule, take charge of watering plants, and represent our organisation at various events throughout the year.
This role offers you the chance to expand your skillset and gain valuable work experience. As a lead volunteer, you will have the opportunity to develop leadership and coordination skills while making a lasting impact on our community.
In return for your dedication, we offer additional training opportunities to enhance your abilities and broaden your knowledge. This is your chance to grow both personally and professionally.
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, meeting new people with similar interests, and have a passion for sustainable growing, then we have the perfect volunteering opportunity for you! Join us at one of our Community Food Gardens, where we cultivate food using sustainable practices inspired by permaculture and food forests. We have gardens in Kelso, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Foulden, and Ayton!
We are seeking dedicated individuals like you to help us establish and maintain this garden, transforming it into a vibrant community space. Not only will you contribute to a greener future, but you'll also have the chance to take home some treats as a token of our appreciation.
Are you a culinary enthusiast, whether you're a one-pot wonder or a gourmet chef? We have an exciting volunteer opportunity for individuals with a passion for cooking!
At our organisation, we host two types of social food events that you can be a part of:
● Social Lunches and Community Food Events: As a volunteer, you would assist our staff in preparing delicious meals and ensuring everyone has a great time during our social lunches and other community food events. Your presence and culinary skills will help create a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere.
● Cooking Skills Classes: We also conduct cooking skills classes where participants can learn to cook using the food we grow in our community gardens. Your role would involve supporting and supervising participants as they explore new recipes and techniques. Rest assured, there will always be a trained staff member available to assist you.
This volunteer opportunity not only allows you to share your love for cooking but also contributes to building a stronger and more connected community. Whether you have a knack for simple dishes or you're a master of gourmet cuisine, your skills and enthusiasm will be highly valued.
An opportunity to work as part of a team and to develop your communicative skills. The Club Secretary is the hub of the club, acting as the club's communicator with our membership and external organisations. The Secretary plays a key role in supporting the Chair and being part of a small and committed team. At present, our Committee is made up of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising Representative, Parent Representative and Player Representative.
• Preparing for and participating in meetings
• Sending notices of all meetings to committee members/club membership
• Making arrangements for meetings – booking rooms, arranging refreshments, ensuring access for all attending
• Preparing the agenda in consultation with the Chair and distributing the agenda with any background papers
• Checking that members have carried out tasks agreed at the previous meeting
• Taking and producing minutes of the meeting, noting the names of those attending and apologies, major decisions, any votes taken and agreed further actions
• Distributing minutes in a timely manner.
• Maintain accurate records of player membership, volunteer records, and contact details
• Keep the membership updated on all news and information
• Write to all members inviting them to various events held throughout the year including the AGM, an Xmas Night Out and an Annual Awards Night.
• maintain the Club's Constitution & Bye-Laws, Policies & Procedures and any working agreements
• Attend the club monthly committee meetings, giving a report on any correspondence received /sent
• Act as the main admin interface between the club and external agencies with whom we work
• Routing incoming enquiries to the appropriate committee member(s) for action
As a charity trustee you will help to set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values. You will also help to ensure that the charity:
• pursues its charitable purposes as defined in its Governing Document
• complies with relevant legislation or regulations
• works towards sustainability by developing a funding strategy
• maintains the financial stability of Ayrshire Tigers PFC,
• resources are well managed and used effectively
As a trustee you will also be involved in appointing and supporting Ayrshire Tigers PFC volunteers. New Trustees should be able to attend at least 75% of meetings per year. It is important to note that no one individual is responsible for the governance of the charity, rather we act collectively and make decisions based on collective responsibility. Not had experience as a trustee? Don’t worry - We have support in place to support all new trustees.
A full UK driving licence is desirable but not essential.
In return for your time, the club will provide any training deemed necessary and put you through your PVG.
To apply for this role, please upload a covering letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) and CV to email@example.com. Closing date for applications is the 1st September 2023 at noon. Interviews will take place, via video conference and will be conducted by at least one member of the current Board of Trustees.
We are currently looking for a coach to help our head coach run our weekly Tuesday training session for the first team at The Citadel Leisure Centre in Ayr between 7pm and 10pm. The role will be part time and is a volunteer position. Previous coaching experience would be helpful but not essential.
This role is ideal for graduates of sports degrees or those that are still currently studying and want to earn money on the side of their degree.
Powerchair football is an adaptation of football and no previous coaching experience is required; only an enthusiastic approach, commitment, and a willingness to learn. There will also be opportunities to gain coaching qualifications, through the Club’s affiliation with SPFA and the Scottish Para-Football, as part of the individual’s continued professional development.
The Club is committed to increasing opportunities available to participants with a disability and therefore would like to offer inspiring coaches the chance to learn how to coach Powerchair Football. You will be supported to develop your ‘personal’ coaching skills (communication, organisation, adaptability, and compassion) and your ‘how to’ coaching skills (instruction, demonstration, observation, analysis, feedback and questioning).
A full UK driving licence is desirable but not essential.
In return for your time, the club will assist with you gaining SFA coaching qualifications, First Aid training and put you through your PVG.
We are interested in speaking with people that have a background as/or worked in:
PE Teachers and Teachers with a love for Sport
Teaching assistants with a love for Sport
Primary Teachers with a love for Sport
Experience of working with disabled children/adults
Opportunities will include:
Observation and the chance to deliver Powerchair coaching sessions.
Coach observation and feedback.
Opportunity to gain coaching and refereeing qualifications
Coaching at SPFA match days.
Our aim is to support your understanding, knowledge and experience of coaching to support the long term sustainability of powerchair football in Ayrshire.
Requirements to be a Football Coach at Ayrshire Tigers:
You must be reliable, honest and trustworthy.
Have a full UK driving licence.
You must be a people person and enjoy interacting with others.
Motivate players and be motivated themselves
Prior coaching experience within football (all sports) desirable but not essential
Prior experience working with children and/or adults with disabilities desirable but not essential.
Be well organised and forward plan.
Have a willingness to develop personally and learn new skills.
Make things FUN.
Use time efficiently and effectively.
Develop an appropriate level of technical knowledge.
Observe and analyse players’ skills and make improvements.
Assisting/leading small group or whole team drills and games.
Laying out equipment ahead of the session.
Dynamic risk assessment of powerchairs and equipment before and after sessions.
Equip players as required e.g. attaching ‘Strikers’ to powerchairs.
Organise players with consideration to ability and individual needs.
Consult with the Head Coach about the aims of the sessions.
Plan, deliver, evaluate and progress the coaching sessions.
Brief all players on the aims of the session and the purpose of each activity.
Undertake organisational jobs e.g. register, equipment checks, delegate to parents and carers.
Ensure that you are well briefed about any special needs of the participant involved i.e. medical condition/disabilities etc.
Give constructive feedback to all players.
Abide by and promote sound ethics, club policy, code of conduct, child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities to all members.
Coach at league and cup matches. Offering touchline support and coaching to players.
Attend any meetings with fellow coaches, players, parents and children where appropriate.
Develop your own skills by attending SFA coach education courses and any training that is organised by the club.
Sight Action’s Western Isles Sensory Centre, based in Stornoway, is on the lookout for volunteers to help with several vital services.
The charity currently offers both practical and emotional support to around 235 adults and children throughout the Western Isles.
The centre, which plays a crucial role in providing lifeline services, has several volunteering opportunities on offer.
Volunteers are required to work within the centre to give advice and practical support with hearing aids, as well as other aids and equipment.
They are also needed to help offer befriending services, or aid service users with driving them to appointments, help with shopping etc.
Full training will be given to volunteers.
Would you like to support people who have served in the Armed Forces? You don’t need a military background, just the ability to listen, some basic I.T and communication skills. If so, this could be the role for you.
*What is a caseworker?
Caseworkers visit clients to work out what type of help they need. Next, they find the right sources of support and arrange for clients to access it. This might be funds for special equipment for someone with a disability, adaptions to a property so an older client can remain at home or funds for a rental deposit. Caseworkers also sign-post clients onto specialist local services for advice on benefits, housing, mental health, debt, finding work etc.
*Why do we need you?
Volunteer Caseworkers are the lifeblood of SSAFA, supporting a growing number of people in need of financial, practical and emotional support. Clients come from all backgrounds and age groups and may have served in WW2 or in a more recent conflict like Iraq or Afghanistan. Our trained volunteers listen without judgement to assess and provide tailored support to help people navigate life in and beyond military service. We need you to join your local SSAFA team to help us achieve this.
*When would you be needed and where would you be based?
The essential part of the role is visiting clients at home or in a care home setting. There are a range of times available to volunteer and all help is greatly appreciated.
*What does this role involve?
• Contacting clients and arranging to meet them at a mutually convenient time
• Meeting clients and completing a form to assess their circumstances
• Sign-posting clients onto local services providing specialist advice
• Applying on the client’s behalf to military and non-military sources of charitable funding
• Keeping in touch with the client so they know how their case is progressing
• Keeping in touch with your branch so they know your availability
• Volunteering within the standards and values of SSAFA including observing our policies such as the Volunteering policy and data protection policy (these will be covered in your training and local induction).
• Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers.
A great opportunity to help. All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated.
If you wish to volunteer/for further details please contact Julie Silva (Branch Secretary, Grampian) at email: Julie.Silva@grampian.ssafa.org.uk or telephone: 07879846200.
More information about SSAFA is also available at https://www.ssafa.org.uk/
The role will involve making sure each client is wearing a properly fitted riding hat. At the first and last lesson of each 12 week block there is also paperwork to be completed for each rider. We also need you to ensure that carers, parents and siblings are not patting/touching the horses at the mounting block as this is a very delicate part of the lesson.
Our Fundraising Groups extend our reach across the UK, building awareness of the charity and raising vital funds.
We're looking to develop our network of fundraising groups around the country, bringing together small groups of individuals who'd like to act as enthusiastic ambassadors for MDUK, raising awareness of muscle-wasting conditions. As a group member, you'll be working closely with MDUK staff and volunteers to raise the profile of MDUK in your community and organise local fundraising events.
Why volunteer? You'll meet new people, develop your teamwork, fundraising and communication skills, and you'll be doing something meaningful for people affected by muscle-wasting conditions in your local area.
As a Fundraising Group member, you will be:
Working with other members of the group to plan, organise and promote local events to raise funds and awareness
Collecting funds on behalf of the charity and distributing leaflets and merchandise to local supporters
Acting as an ambassador for MDUK in your local area, perhaps by giving presentations in your community.
🌟 Join Our Mission: Volunteer Mealtime Helper for Veterans at Erskine Care Home, Gilmerton, Edinburgh 🌟
Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of those who have served our country? Erskine Care Home in Gilmerton, Edinburgh, is seeking dedicated individuals to join our team as Volunteer Mealtime Helpers for our esteemed veterans.
🍽️ What You'll Do:
As a Volunteer Mealtime Helper, you'll play a crucial role in creating a warm and supportive dining experience for our residents. Your responsibilities will include:
➡️ Assisting in the serving of meals during mealtimes
➡️ Engaging with residents in a friendly and compassionate manner
➡️ Providing support to residents who may need assistance during meals
➡️ Creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere during mealtim
Are you passionate about supporting veterans and making a positive impact in your community? Erskine Care Home in Gilmerton, Edinburgh, is looking for dedicated and compassionate individuals to join our team as Volunteer Befrienders.
Erskine has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional care for veterans, and you can be part of this meaningful journey. By becoming a Volunteer Befriender, you will play a vital role in enhancing the well-being and quality of life for our residents.
Why Volunteer as a Befriender:
Make a real difference in the lives of veterans who have served our country.
Build meaningful connections and friendships with residents.
Contribute to a positive and supportive community environment.
As a Volunteer Befriender, you will engage in 1:2:1 interactions with residents, offering companionship and support. This could involve friendly conversations, strolls in the garden, or engaging the resident in activities like crosswords. Your time and commitment will create moments of joy and connection for those who have served our nation.